President Obama welcomed the LA Galaxy to the White House on May 15 to congratulate the team on its 2011 Major League Soccer Cup Championship.
The team, which has three of soccer’s biggest stars on its roster– David Beckham, Landon Donovan, and Robbie Keane–won a tough championship match after going undefeated at home all season long.
“So everyone who’s a part of this club — the staff, the players, the fans back in L.A. — together you pulled off one of the toughest feats in team sports: You lived up to the hype. You combined star power, hard work; it paid off,” President Obama said.
After the ceremony in the East Room, the team took questions from young soccer players as part of a Let’s Move! event encouraging kids to take up sports as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.
White House welcome for All White
On the same day he was named in the All Whites soccer squad for their upcoming internationals, Kiwi midfielder Dan Keat was being hosted at the White House by United States President Barack Obama.
The 24-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy player and his teammates were honoured at a reception for winning last year’s Major League Soccer title.
Keat, who made his international debut as a substitute against Jamaica in February, joined stars David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan at the event on Tuesday (US time).